On its second day of meetings in Tokyo, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) continued its discussions on key topics.
2026 Candidate Cities
The EB looked further into the future with the drawing of lots for the Olympic Winter Games 2026 Candidature Process. The order will now be Stockholm (Sweden) and Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy). This will be the order for presentations and communications regarding the cities until the election of the host city next June.
The reports of the two cities to the ANOC General Assembly were highlighted during the meeting. It was noted that there are two strong candidates going for the 2026 Games, following Calgary’s withdrawal from the process earlier this month. 2026 will now see a return to the roots of winter sport by being hosted in Europe. On average, the 2026 Candidate City plans include the use of 80 per cent proposed existing or temporary venues, compared to 60 per cent among the Candidate Cities for the Olympic Winter Games 2018 and 2022. In addition, the projected 2026 Candidate City budgets are on average 75 per cent lower than the average budgets of the 2018 and 2022 Candidate Cities. The next step for the cities will be the submission of the Candidature Files on 11 January 2019.
“The approach is to go back to the roots in two traditional winter sports countries that have, in the last few years, organised hundreds of World Cups and World Championships in winter sports, and where you can see the full effect of the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, including the New Norm,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. He added: “In regard to the venues, to reduce the investments for venues and increase the sustainability, you can see both candidates plan to use 80 per cent of existing or temporary venues.”
Progress on Tokyo 2020
Yoshiro Mori, President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee; Toshiro Muto, CEO of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee; and John Coates, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission, gave their respective updates on the latest activities. It was reported that, overall, Tokyo 2020 is successfully delivering on key milestones in accordance with the agreed timelines, including the construction of new permanent venues. In particular, the volunteer programme is making good progress, with 100,000 applications so far.
“We cannot remember any Olympic city as ready as Tokyo is 18 months before the Olympic Games. This applies to all aspects of the organisation. The facilities are already being delivered, the volunteer programme has more than 100,000 applications, and we will have a spectacular village for athletes where the Olympic spirit will come to life in Tokyo,” said President Bach. “We received an update that savings of USD 4.3 billion could be achieved thanks to the IOC reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020/New Norm. This also applies to the footprint here, in particular to the IBC, where it has already been reduced by 40 per cent. This represents a lot of savings, and more may still come.”